Evaluate: SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo 2 – A Enjoyable However In the end Forgettable Puzzler

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Once we reviewed the Sega Ages model of Puyo Puyo, we puzzled why Sega had determined to go along with the very first sport within the sequence, and never one of many quite a few higher sequels. Seven months later, Sega has responded – to not us, we’re not that big-headed – by going again to the Puyo Puyo nicely and this time giving us a Sega Ages port of the second sport, Puyo Puyo 2. So now we discover ourselves in a clumsy, virtually entitled place the place our response is: “Effectively, sure, that’s what we meant… however possibly not this one.”

Identified in its native Japan as Puyo Puyo Tsu – as a result of ‘tsu’ each feels like ‘two’ and in addition means ‘skilled’ – this sequel is usually just like its predecessor but it surely does throw in some new gameplay options that enhance issues just a little. Nothing too revolutionary, thoughts you, however sufficient to cut back frustration throughout head-to-head play (which is definitely all you are able to do on this sport).

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As within the first sport, the purpose in Puyo Puyo 2 is to drop little colored blobs referred to as Puyo and attempt to match up 4 of the identical color whereas an opponent – be it AI-controlled or one other particular person – tries to do the identical. By lining up your Puyo in sure methods, you’ll be able to arrange chain reactions, creating massive combos. This, in flip, sends ‘rubbish Puyo’ over to your opponent’s display, making it tougher for them to clear Puyo. The principle distinction that’s been added to this sport is the ‘offset rule’, which wasn’t current within the first sport however seems on this one. Beforehand, if an opponent cleared an enormous combo, you may do just about nothing about it; even for those who created a equally massive combo of your personal in your present flip, you wouldn’t be capable of forestall the onslaught of rubbish Puyo that adopted.

This time, when an opponent clears an enormous combo and the rubbish Puyo loom ominously over your display, able to drop, you could have the chance to counter. Whereas within the first sport clearing your personal combo would simply ship rubbish Puyo over to your opponent, this time it reduces the variety of rubbish Puyo you’re set to obtain; for instance, for those who’re about to get 15 rubbish Puyo, you’ll be able to create 10 in a combo and solely obtain 5 (or possibly even create 20 in a combo and ship 5 to them).

This may occasionally all sound very complicated on paper, but it surely is smart in follow. Basically, the purpose is that within the first sport you have been kind of doomed when an opponent hit you with a load of rubbish Puyo, and now you could have an opportunity to cancel a few of them out earlier than they drop. Which makes for longer matches, happier individuals and a typically nicer planet to stay on. Or one thing. So, now that you just’ve received a greater approach of defending your self in an intense Puyo Puyo match, what are you able to do together with your newfound talents? Not a hell of rather a lot, fact be advised; as a result of that is based mostly on the arcade model of the sport and never the house ports you solely actually have the primary arcade mode and a few minor variations on that.

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The principle mode has you working your approach up a pyramid-shaped tower by taking over a sequence of randomised opponents on every flooring. The purpose is to achieve a sure variety of factors whereas defeating these opponents in an effort to climb to the following flooring, till you attain the highest and face off towards Devil, of all individuals. In addition to this commonplace arcade mode, the Sega Ages model of the sport additionally contains an elective Endurance mode. This is kind of the identical factor, besides you need to play towards each opponent in a hard and fast sequence as an alternative of getting them randomised on every flooring. Apart from this, it’s kind of the identical factor, although, that means it isn’t going to revolutionise the Puyo Puyo expertise for you.

The one different choice is a VS mode for 2 gamers, both regionally or on-line. Very like the unique Sega Ages Puyo Puyo, although, we couldn’t discover a web based match for love nor cash (and we’ve received loads of at the very least a type of to present). On condition that it’s solely been out for per week, that actually doesn’t bode nicely for its longevity; primarily, for those who’re pondering of shopping for this sport purely for on-line competitors, it’s possible you’ll wish to rethink.

As for additional bonuses, there’s additionally a brand new Helper function, which can be utilized in both the Arcade or Endurance modes. At any time throughout play you’ll be able to hit a shoulder button and enter the Helper display, which helps you to manually step backwards (as much as 60 steps) and forwards by your strikes. This implies for those who mess up or see a greater combo you may have arrange, you’ll be able to flip again and redo it a distinct approach. One factor that isn’t in right here, nevertheless – regardless of earlier claims from Sega’s press releases – is a full English localisation. Puyo Puyo 2 was solely launched in Japanese arcades, and that is the untouched Japanese model. All of the character descriptions that seem earlier than every battle are nonetheless in Japanese, and whereas the sport’s completely playable with out figuring out the language, it’s nonetheless a disgrace to see that M2 didn’t go the additional mile and provides us an elective translated model.

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It does make up for this just a little, although, by together with a separate ‘Characters’ display that’s selectable from the primary menu; this provides you English descriptions for every character, which implies even though the sport itself is unchanged this additional little function goes some technique to making up for it. In the end, although, the fact is that this nonetheless isn’t the definitive Puyo Puyo sport. Whereas it’s actually an enchancment over the primary entry within the sequence, later variations added a bunch of additional modes that may have given gamers a bit extra selection. This, in the meantime, stays restricted to one-on-one battles solely, that means if these aren’t your cup of tea you then aren’t going to get a lot out of this one.

Conclusion

Of the 16 Sega Ages video games launched so far, this sits nearer the underside finish of the dimensions. Whereas it is not fairly as restricted as the primary Puyo Puyo, it is nonetheless very a lot a one-trick pony, and whereas it is entertaining sufficient for followers of the sequence, once you’ve received the much more feature-heavy Puyo Puyo Champions on Swap for under a few kilos or dollars extra, this one is totally pointless.

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